Sydney has some great neighborhoods which differ immensely in character and style from each other. The best way of getting better acquainted with each district is to have a personal guide alongside.
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The Rocks was the first convict settlement in Sydney but now has developed into a highly bohemian area full of artisan markets, great lively pubs, art galleries and a great cafe scene. European settlers first arrived at The Rocks in 1788, and many of the old cobbled walkways, crooked housing, and hidden courtyards can be seen today.
Exploring The Rocks
The Rocks sprawl out to the western side of Circular Quay and nestles below the great steel arch of Sydney Harbour Bridge. The first thing you notice is the old sandstone terraces and cottages dating back to 1815.
Places to visit to understand The Rocks history are: Cadman’s Cottage, during its time it has served as water transport headquarters, a sailor’s home and a police station. Susannah Place Museum, is four terraced houses that once was home to 100 families. The Justice and Police Museum once processed criminals from the rowdy waterfront in the old cells.
The Rocks Markets
Weekends see many bargain hunters flock to The Rocks to take advantage of the marvellous markets that open up. The range of goods is extensive, there are uniquely Australian gifts and individual style souvenirs. The open air market is ideal for handmade arts and crafts to photography, homeware, jewellery and clothing.
Every Friday, The Rocks Foodie Market comes alive where you can sample a range of flavours and cuisines from around the world. Freshly baked breads, cured meats, pickles, homemade ice cream and much much more.
The Rocks Pubs
The Rocks has a real Australian pub culture, and some of the pubs are amongst the oldest in Sydney. There is a lively but friendly atmosphere in all of the inns and many revellers choose The Rocks as an ideal place for pub crawls for celebrations.
The Australian Heritage Hotel, built in 1824 has an all Australian beer and wine list. With 25 rotating Australian beers on tap as well as 100 different craft beers by the bottle. Close by is the Glenmore Hotel and is a popular spot for office workers after work. Upstairs it offers a spacious rooftop with 180 degree views of the city.
The Rocks offers many enchanting things to see and do in its charismatic cobbled alleys and walkways. It is a trip back in time with a unique culture of its own and is popular with Sydney residents and tourists alike.